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Deliberations start in Russian soldier’s war crimes trial

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — The lawyer for a Russian soldier who was the first to go on trial for an alleged war crime in Ukraine asked a Kyiv court Friday to acquit his client, who had admitted killing an unarmed Ukrainian civilian during the first days of the war. Defense attorney Victor Ovsyanikov argued that…

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Bach says Russia ban is to protect athletes, not punish them

GRAHAM DUNBAR AP Sports Writer GENEVA (AP) — Russian athletes and officials who have been banned from international sporting events because of the war in Ukraine are being protected rather than punished, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday. Most sports bodies have followed the IOC guidance given on Feb. 28 — four days…

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Jury indicts man in Buffalo supermarket shooting

AROLYN THOMPSON Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The white man charged with murdering 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo appeared briefly in court Thursday after a grand jury indicted him on a first-degree murder charge. Assistant district attorney Gary Hackbush said the indictment of Payton Gendron, 18, was handed up Wednesday. Gendron,…

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Lawmakers grill FDA commissioner over baby formula shortage

MATTHEW PERRONE AP Health Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Food and Drug Administration faced congressional lawmakers for the first time Thursday over the shortage of baby formula that has rattled American parents and become a growing political liability for President Joe Biden. FDA Commissioner Robert Califf’s appearance before a House subcommittee came…

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A look at agreements for US men’s and women’s soccer teams

FILE – The United States’ team celebrates with the trophy after winning the Women’s World Cup final soccer match against The Netherlands at the Stade de Lyon in Decines, outside Lyon, France, July 7, 2019. The U.S. Soccer Federation agreed to landmark collective bargaining agreements with its men’s and women’s teams, equalizing compensation for the…

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US, banks, unveil plan to ease food crisis

FATIMA HUSSEIN Associated Press BONN, Germany (AP) — The U.S., several global development banks and other groups unveiled a multi-billion dollar plan Wednesday meant to address a worldwide food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine. The Treasury Department announced that several global development banks are “working swiftly to bring to bear their financing,…

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Roommate: No warning signs before deadly church attack

AMY TAXIN and STEFANIE DAZIO Associated Press SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The man that prosecutors call the diabolical and crafty monster behind a deadly shooting at a Southern California church seemed to be a kind and quiet person who shared his food and proclaimed himself a Christian, his roommate said. David Wenwei Chou gave…

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Buffalo suspect: Lonely, isolated — with a troubling sign

BERNARD CONDON and MICHAEL HILL Associated Press CONKLIN, N.Y. (AP) — In the waning days of Payton Gendron’s COVID-altered senior year at Susquehanna Valley High School, he logged on to a virtual learning program in economics class that asked: “What do you plan to do when you retire?” “Murder-suicide,” Gendron typed. Despite his protests that…

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Jury sees pics of Heard’s swollen face after fight with Depp

Actor Johnny Depp looks toward the courtroom gallery as they take a break in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Monday, May 16, 2022. Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring…

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New US hospitals face fiscal crisis over COVID relief money

JAY REEVES Associated Press THOMASVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A whole town celebrated in 2020 when, early in the coronavirus pandemic, Thomasville Regional Medical Center opened, offering state-of-the-art medicine that was previously unavailable in a poor, isolated part of Alabama. The timing for the ribbon-cutting seemed perfect: New treatment options would be available in an underserved…

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